CLAPTON PLAYERS’ END OF SEASON AWARDS – THE RESULTS

Following on from the fans’ awards, organised by the Clapton Ultras after the final game of the season, the Tons’ players held their own get-together this weekend.

QPR Striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was the special guest to hand out the trophies to the winners of seven categories.

Here are the winners in full.

Player of the Season – Dylan Ebengo

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Player of the season Dylan Ebengo with assistant manager Andre Thomas (pic @claptonfootball)

Manager’s Player of the Season – Johnny Ashman

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Johnny Ashman with his fellow award-winner Dylan Ebengo (pic @claptonfootball)

Players’ Player of the Year – Dylan Ebengo

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Dylan Ebengo with his two trophies plus manager Johnny Fowell and coach Ray Bartlett (pic @claptonfootball)

Most Improved – Ryan Reed & Nathan Cook joint winners

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The joint winners Ryan Reed and Nathan Cook (pic @claptonfootball)

Nathan being joint winner was a testament to him surprisingly getting better in a new position

Mr Clapton – Jerry Jairette

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Jerry Jariette and his son  (pic @claptonfootball)

Best Newcomer – Lanre Vigo

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Lanre Vigo picks up his award from guest Jay Emmanuel Thomas and Clapton coach Ray Bartlett (pic @claptonfootball)

Golden Boot – Jay Knight

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The Golden Boot trophy (pic @claptonfootball)

Unfortunately Jay wasn’t there to pick up his award.

Here’s a reminder of who won what at the fans’ awards last month…

Player of the season – Johnny Ashman
Most improved player – Ryan Reed
Goal of the season – Steven Sardinha
Ultras’ favourite player of the season- Jerry Jairette

HACKNEY WICK TO MERGE WITH LONDON BARI, GROUND SHARE WITH CLAPTON

Earlier this week we reported that Hackney Wick FC had announced they would be merging with an existing Essex Senior League team, however it seems the rumours of that team being Haringey & Waltham Development FC were incorrect.

Hackney Citizen have revealed that it will in fact be Clapton’s co-tenants at the Old Spotted Dog, London Bari FC.

Bobby Kasanga, The Wickers’ founder, is quoted in the article as saying that the merger would be a “mix of the two entities”, despite the team using the Hackney Wick name.

Apparently Bari’s existing manager, as well as some first team players and some of the committee will stay on at the rebranded club.

Bari have always struggled for crowds, averaging just 17 this season, so the new club will be hoping to see some improvement in that department.

CAPTAIN OCRAN TO PLAY LAST GAME FOR THE TONS

Geoff Ocran lifts the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy last season (photo: Clapton Ultras)

The Tons’ captain and fans’ favourite Geoff Ocran has revealed that tomorrow’s season finale against Burnham Ramblers will be his last game for the club.

Ocran, an almost ever-present in the team for the last few seasons, has only played seven games this term – the last being the 3-0 loss away to Barking in September – as he has struggled to recover from injury.

As revealed in an interview with Clapton FC News in November, what started as a knee injury spread to his achilles – however at that point he was hopeful of a return in the new year.

Andre Thomas, Miles Hunter and Geoff helping fans collect for the Newham Recorder Toy Appeal in December 2015 (photo: Newham Recorder)

It was not to be though and yesterday Geoff, who at 32 years old is an Essex Senior League veteran, took to Twitter to announce that he will be leaving the club, although Clapton fans may be pleased to hear it’s not to join a rival:

With what should be another historic day on Sat for , this Saturday will unfortunately be my last game for !

This is mainly due to not being able to commit full time to football at this level next season (to clarify before the conspiracy theories starts) 😂😂

He then went on to thank the managers and coaching staff he has played under, thanking former Tons boss Mike Walther for making him captain and praising current manager Jonny Fowell’s decision to give the captain’s armband to his good friend Jerry Jairette.

In and , Clapton will definitely push on with the obvious choice as new club captain!

Thanking for what has been a great 3 seasons not to mention for making me Captain

Fans will mainly remember Geoff for his reliable performances in midfield, however an undoubted highlight for most will be him guiding The Tons to success in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy last season and lifting the trophy as captain.

Those wishing to show their appreciation should make sure they head to the Dog tomorrow for our last game of the season, kick-off at 3pm.

Geoff playing against Clapton for London APSA in the 2012/13 season (photo: London APSA)

CLAPTON END OF SEASON FANS AWARDS – VOTE NOW

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Nathan Cook with two awards last year – but who will win this year/ 

It’s been another historic season for Clapton and now it’s time to do the impossible and pick your highlights.

Voting is open now for the best player of the year, the most improved player as well the Ultras’ player of the year, which is for the terrace favourite.

You can vote for anyone who has represented Clapton at any point in 2016/7 in these three categories.

We’ve also selected a shortlist of seven of the best strikes for a goal of the season category.

Everyone is allowed to vote – once only – with the polls open until Saturday, April 22 at noon.

The winners will be unveiled later that day, after the Tons’ final game of the season at the Old Spotted Dog against Burnham Ramblers.

Vote here

NEWHAM COMMUNITY LEISURE LIMITED FILES FOR VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

After reporting last month that Clapton Football Club 1878 Limited had failed to file its Confirmation Statement and was being threatened with being struck off, we can now reveal, in extremely worrying news for Clapton fans, that Newham Community Leisure Limited, the company and charity which holds the lease on The Old Spotted Dog Ground, has applied for voluntary liquidation.

In documents published by Companies House it is shown that the members of the trust entered voluntary liquidation and appointed a liquidator, Stewart Bennett, on 1st March 2017. The document is signed by Vincent McBean, Ransford Taylor and Trevor Gordon, who are listed as being the majority of the trustees of Newham Community Leisure Limited.

The documents also show that the trust owes £203,478 in ‘Long Term Loans’, as well as £2,001 in accountancy fees. The cost of liquidation until the payment of debts in full is estimated at £19,095.

At the moment it is unclear how this will affect Clapton FC. In the short-term it is understood that before the 31st March, the club have to provide the Essex Senior League and the FA with proof of their being able to play at the Old Spotted Dog for the entirety of next season. As the insolvency process can take some months, it is unknown how this could be provided. This may also affect London Bari FC who also play at the Dog.

The trust was set up in 1992 as Clapton Trust Limited before changing its name a year later to Newham Community Leisure Trust Limited. In January 1995, the then Directors of the trust negotiated a 99-year lease with the freeholder Grand Metropolitan Estates, securing the land for use as a sports ground.

It was struck off in 2003 after failing to file accounts, before being restored by Vince McBean in 2009. It appears from documents filed at this time that McBean attempted to transfer the lease from the trust, however it seems he was unable to do so. Since then the trust has regularly failed to file its Annual Return on time and has been threatened with being struck off twice. According to Companies House, the most recent Confirmation Statement (the newer form of the Annual Return) was due by 18th February 2017 and is currently overdue.

Clapton FC News understands that Real Clapton FC are in contact with the Charity Commission and the Liquidator in an attempt to safeguard the future of the ground. You can become a member of the club here and/or donate to their Supporters’ Action fund here.

NOTICE GIVEN FOR COMPULSORY STRIKE-OFF OF CLAPTON FOOTBALL CLUB 1878 LIMITED

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In worrying news for Tons fans, Clapton FC News has discovered that Companies House have given notice for compulsory strike-off of Clapton Football Club 1878 Limited (company number 08769591) – the company it is thought runs Clapton FC.

If it were to go ahead, it would be at least the third time a limited company run by Vincent Joseph McBean in connection with the club has been dissolved after Clapton Football Club Limited (07291485) in January 2012, and Clapton Football Club Limited (08011511) in November 2013, both companies having failed to file any accounts.

The latest accounts for Clapton Football Club 1878 Limited filed with Companies House in September 2016 are up until 31st December 2015 and show the club being £19,455 in the red, the debt having grown from £6,854 the year before – despite The Tons enjoying ever increasing attendances during this time. Published attendance figures show that 6,419 people passed through the turnstile at the Old Spotted Dog in 2015.

The notice published on the Companies House website and reproduced above reads as follows:

THE DIRECTORS
CLAPTON FOOTBALL CLUB 1878 LIMITED
29 YORK ROAD
FOREST GATE
LONDON
E7 9HT

Date: 14/02/2017
Ref: DEF6/08769591

Companies Act 2006 (Section 1000(3))

The Registrar of Companies gives notice that, unless cause is shown the the contrary, at the expiration of 2 months from the above date the name of

CLAPTON FOOTBALL CLUB 1878 LIMITED

will be struck off the register and the company will be dissolved.

Upon dissolution all property and rights vested in, or held in trust for, the company are deemed to be bona vacantia, and accordingly will belong to the crown.

The Company Directors of Clapton Football Club 1878 Limited are listed as Vincent Joseph McBean and Jaydene McBean-Willis. Esmond Syfox is listed as the Company Secretary. The is not the first time the company has been threatened with being struck off for failing to file accounts – notice was also served in November 2015 but was discontinued.

In 2013, the three life members of the original Clapton FC re-established what they consider the ‘real club’ – you can find more information on them and become a member here.

Update: It appears that Clapton Football Club 1878 Limited has filed its Confirmation Statement today, 15th February 2017, thus the strike-off action has been discontinued. According to the GOV.UK guidance on Confirmation Statements, it is a criminal offence to file this document more than 14 days after the review period (in this case 11th November 2016), so the company and its officers could be prosecuted.

PLANS TO REVIVE CLAPTON YOUTH TEAM REVEALED

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Clapton are set to have an academy team once again – a year on after the club disbanded its entire youth set-up.

Newham-based group New Revolution Sport yesterday announced plans to form an under-18s line-up as it aims to rebuild the club’s academy set-up from scratch.

The academy, which will be run separately from the main club, also offers a chance to study for a BTEC sports diploma in a two-year football and education program.

It means the club may once again compete in the prestigious FA Youth Cup next season, after withdrawing this season just days before the scheduled tie at Ilford.

The driving force behind the scheme is Kiernan Hughes-Mason, who plays himself for Hastings United after spells with the likes of Millwall, Grimsby Town, Kettering Town and Welling United.

Kiernan, who is only 25 himself, has studied sports coaching at the University of East London and previously managed Leatherhead’s Under-18s set-up.

He also set up the youth football club Pro Power Dragons, where Clapton assistant Andre Thomas was also a coach.

Kiernan told us: “Clapton is close to my heart as my dad Peter Mason played for Clapton while they were in the Ryman League.”

Clapton’s reserve, U18s and U15s were all axed at the end of last season. In previous seasons the club had also fielded U13s, U14s, U16s and U17s.

There is no word on whether the club, under manager Jonny Fowell, may reintroduce a reserve team.